Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 09:57 pm:
Thank you, Bill, for this week's topic. I have loved violin concerti all of my life, and it such a joy to feel that I am not the only one. I was totally absorbed in them as a child and I was so happy to be given a violin by my uncle and so I started to learn at age fourteen...a little late but still a joy. I started out in beginner's orchestra and got to be part of the orchestra when we played the Mendlesohn concerto. It is wonderful to feel included in your audience. Sylvia
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 08:00 am:
I heard the wild and wonderful cadenza by Schnittke that Gideon Kremer recorded 20 years ago (if I heard that right) for the Beethoven Violin Concerto. I suppose one could object that it doesn't belong in Beethoven's time period, but I think it's a laudable tribute to Schnittke - and Alban Berg. For the end of it quotes Berg's violin concerto, just at the point that Bill pointed out the circling of F# by G and F natural. I am pretty sure this is correct and makes it even more interesting and quite a statement.